News and Notes 75 July 17

ADA 23rd anniversary toolkit, diabetes education toolkit, parenting with mental illness on WHYY, Laugh and Learn panel discussion on the ADA, webinar on the myth of the ADA drive-by lawsuit, webinar on accessible information and communication technology policy, and EveryBody online exhibit from the Smithsonian.

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On July 26th we'll celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark act is one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation and has become a benchmark for similar policies around the world. This week's issue features several resources and events from the ADA National Network Regional Centers to help you learn more. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and G+ as we recognize the efforts of the NIDRR community, and the disability and rehabilitation community in general, to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in the mainstream of American life!

Resource Highlight: 

ADA Anniversary Toolkit
The NIDRR-funded Southeast ADA National Network Regional Center (H133A110021) released the ADA Anniversary Toolkit, a collection of resources from the ADA National Network and the ten regional ADA Centers celebrating 23 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Included in the toolkit are an overview of the law and related decisions, press releases and writing tips, a sample proclamation, statistics, and web and live events highlighting the progress made in workplaces, schools, and communities through the implementation of the ADA.

Resource Highlight: Diabetes Education Toolkit
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Psychiatric Disability and Co-Occurring Medical Conditions (H133B100028) released the Diabetes Education Toolkit, designed to help people with psychiatric disabilities to understand and manage their diabetes or pre-diabetic condition. The toolkit includes an extensive library of materials and podcasts covering the basics of diabetes, building and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing hypertension, and managing the risks of diabetes. Also included is a chart of American Diabetes Association standards of care with related educational material.

Grantee event: 

Webinar: Anatomy and Myth of the ADA Drive-by Lawsuit TODAY 
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA National Network Regional Center (H133A110029) hosts a webinar, Anatomy and Myth of the ADA Drive-by Lawsuit, TODAY, 2pm to 3:30pm EDT. J. Aaron McCollough, JD, will review recent trends in ADA litigation that have been labeled as "drive-by" lawsuits across the nation, including some of the media reports documenting these events. The webinar will focus on the legal reality behind these lawsuits and understanding how to enforce Title III rights through available remedies. Registration is free but required. Online registration is closed: Call 877/232-1990 (V/TTY) to register.

Webinar: Update on Accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy
The NIDRR-funded Great Lakes ADA National Network Regional Center (H133A110029) will also host a webinar, Update on Accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Policy, July 25th, 2pm to 3:30pm EDT. Jim Tobias of Inclusive Technologies will provide an update on US policy regarding ICT, including the current status and activities of major policy initiatives such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA. Registration is free but required by July 24th at 2pm.

Elsewhere in the Community: 

EveryBody - An Artifact History of Disability in America
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presents EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America, an online exhibit of disability in America. The exhibit presents history as viewed from the perspective of people with disabilities, America's largest minority. EveryBody features sections on disability and history, people, places, technology, and civil rights, with posters available to print and share.